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The engine room

The power comes from twin Volvo Penta D-12 diesels, each producing 775 horsepower. These drive through a conventional propeller and shaft system to give a top speed in the low thirties. The engineering is excellent and the engine compartment looks immaculate and comes complete with a dedicated engine and gearbox oil change system. Aft of the engine compartment is a compact crew cabin and this can also be specified as a utility room.

The profile of the 55 looks well balanced, but the lines of both hull and superstructure are very full, suggesting that the accent has been put on generating the maximum internal space. This comes at the expense of the side decks, which are a bit narrow. On the foredeck there is another sunbed, this one fitted with a cooler box so drinks are ready at hand. The mast for the antenna is a two-pronged affair that flares out at the top to create a balancing termination to the sensuous flow of the flybridge.

For a first-off prototype, this new 55 is brilliant. There are a few areas where the design needs tweaking, such as the visibility from the helm and various security matters, but I do not think that I have come across a boat that is so nearly right at the first attempt. Congratulations to the Fairline designers, for they have set a standard that will be hard to follow.

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Length overall                                                 55 ft 05 ins (16.9 m)

Length waterline                                             46 ft 06 ins (14.17 m)

Beam                                                               15 ft 09 ins (4.8 m)

Draft                                                                 4 ft 03 ins (1.3 m)

Displacement                                                  21.81 tonnes

Hull deadrise                                                   18°

Fuel capacity                                                   636 gals (2,891 l)

Water capacity                                                301 gals (1,368 l)

Engines                                                           2 x 770 hp Volvo Penta D12 diesels

Propulsion                                                       Shafts and propellers

Design                                                             Bernard Olesinski and Fairline

Builder                                                                        Fairline Boats



Electric capstan

Bose Hi Fi and iPod Docking system

Bow thruster

Full cutlery and crockery set

Flybridge bar and barbecue with fridge

LCD 32 inch TV

Starboard side entrance door

Teak decks in cockpit and flybridge

Air conditioning

Dockside TV, phone and water inlets

Side boarding ladder

Vaccuflush toilet system

Glendenning Cable Master

Onan 21 kva generator                       

Fairline Boat Management System

Raymarine combined chart plotter and radar

Electric ceramic hob

Microwave oven


Twin sinks


22” LCD TV in master

Fast acting flaps



Additional Raymarine navigation displays

Aft crew cabin

Audio upgrade pack

AIS unit

Upgrade to bang and Olefsen audiovisual package

Stern thruster

Williams 325 Jet tender

Control station in the cockpit

Water maker

Icemaker on the flybridge

Mood lighting system

Surveillance camera in the engine room

Teak side decks

Optional wood and fabric finishes

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